Picking the Right Fence Style for Your Home

Do you want to improve your home’s curbside appeal? A new fence is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your property. Residential fences play a big role in creating some of the most beautiful property you’ll find in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. And the best fence for your property is one that provides security, increases your property value, and makes the property beautiful.

We recommend taking time to carefully weigh your options. You want to get the right fence the first time around. Also, you need to know if there are any restrictions placed on the type of fence you can get.

Staying within Regulations

Some neighborhoods have rules about the changes you can make to your property. If there’s a homeowner’s association, they might have a say in what type of fence you can get – if you’re even allowed to get one. And if you live in a neighborhood that’s certified as an historical area, your city might also have regulations for you to follow.

We recommend that you check if there are regulations for the following:

1. Type of fence allowed
2. Type of materials allowed for the fence
3. Fence visibility
4. Fence height

If you’re free to build any type of fence, that’s good news. But you still might want to speak with your next door neighbors before beginning the project. Confirm the property boundaries between the homes, and alert your neighbors to the upcoming construction.

When it comes to keeping your city satisfied, the fence company should get any permits before construction begins. However, it helps to double check that all paperwork is in order before you sign the contract.

After you know what type of fence you can get, it’s time to choose a style. The location, age, and style of your home play a huge role in determining which type of fence will look best.

We offer a variety of fence styles from which to choose. Here are some of the styles we often recommend for residential homes. Most styles are low-maintenance, but are also secure and attractive.


Some homeowners prefer the simplicity and beauty of a wood fence. The natural look works well on property with lots of trees. Plus, a wooden fence is one of the most economical in construction costs. Not only does a well-made wood fence look good, it keeps unwanted critters out of your yard.

A wooden fence also helps when it comes to noise. If you live on a busy street, a wooden fence can redirect sound away from your property. And climbing plants on a wooden trellis can go even further with helping reduce noise.

We admit, a wooden fence requires more maintenance than most fences on this list. But it’s nothing that you’ll find overwhelming. You’ll eventually need to reseal the wood and re-tamp the support posts.

You also might want to choose rot-resistant wood and a style that sits slightly above the ground. This type of style can last up to 30 years!


A vinyl fence offers two benefits – it’s inexpensive and low-maintenance. We suggest vinyl for people who dislike the look of metal fences. This type of fence is also good for privacy because you can install the panels close together.

In most cases, cleaning is the only maintenance a vinyl fence requires. You’ll occasionally need a power washer or garden hose to remove debris and dirt from the fence.

Another benefit of a vinyl fence is that you’ll never have to paint it. And if the fence has UV protection, it will never rot, rust, fall apart, or bend. Because of its durability, this fence is highly recommended for use around pool areas.

Chain Link

A chain link fence is the most traditional type of fence you can get. Many homeowners prefer the chain link style because of its durability. This type of fence can last for years. It’s also easy to install and requires practically no maintenance.

Any damage to a chain link fence is relatively simple to repair. But if you ever decide to get rid of it, you can make a few bucks by selling it to a scrap dealer. This is because a chain link fence consists of pure metal.

Pets also love this type of fence as well. It keeps predators out of the yard. But pets can roam freely and easily see through the fence. However, if you want additional privacy, it’s possible to adjust the gauge and dimensions of the fence so that everything is closer together.

Ornamental Metal

An ornamental fence generally consists of galvanized steel or aluminum. We recommend this style for people interested in a less traditional fence. The variety of styles makes this type of fence suitable for modern homes as well as older traditional homes.

It’s possible to paint an ornamental fence made of metal any color that you want. So this is a great way to express your creativity and uniqueness. And even better, a metal fence lasts for years and is low-maintenance.

As for security, metal fences have that covered as well. Some of the designs are high and difficult to climb. That makes it great for discouraging intruders.

One concern you might have is that pets or children will squeeze through the fence. In cases such as this, we recommend installing a protective mesh inside of the fence.

Your Decision

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to fence options. Ask yourself, what are your priorities.

How much do you care about privacy? Is price a main concern? Do you want whatever looks best, no matter the price? These are the type of questions you must answer before making your final choice.

Just remember that each style of fence has its benefits. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of each style. And then decide what you think is best for your property.

Greensboro and Winston-Salem has some of the most beautiful homes in North Carolina. So you want to choose a fence that perfectly compliments your surroundings and home. Contact Fence Builders Inc. today to discuss your options.

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